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Neymar’s goal was completed Paris Saint-Germainundefeated streak as they defeated tough opponents Marcel 1-0 in Ligue 1. The Brazilian scored minutes before the break to earn PSG three points clear of second-placed Lorient. In the middle of the second half, the central defender of “Marseille” Samuel Gigot was removed from the field.

Kylian Mbappe denied it after the game reports that he is unhappy at the club and wants to move on in the winter transfer window. “I didn’t ask to leave PSG in January,” the forward told RMC Sport. “I’m not mad at the club, that’s not true.”

“I was shocked by the news, as was everyone else. People may think I’m involved, but I’m not involved at all,” Mbappe added in reference to the reports that emerged on Tuesday. “I fell asleep, my entourage was at my younger brother’s game. We were stunned when we found out… I just wanted to say that this is an absolute lie. I’m very happy here.”

Surprise the leaders in the Bundesliga Berlin Union opened a four-point lead after Yannick Haberer scored twice in 13 minutes to win 2-0 at home to Borussia Dortmund.

Haberer volleyed home from close range in the eighth minute after Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel made a mistake on the ball. In the 21st minute, the midfielder produced another powerful strike from outside the box and the visitors were fortunate to go into the break with just two goals behind.

Union’s Séraldo Becker wreaked havoc down the flanks, but Dortmund improved their defense after the break when Kobel made a save to stop Tim Baumgartl’s header, but they were completely lacking in attacking ideas to threaten the hosts.

Bayern Munich moved up to second place with a dominant 5-0 win Freiburg, which drop to third place. The reigning champions got off to an ominous start with Serge Gnabry heading home the rebound after Freiburg goalkeeper Marc Flecken had saved Leroy Sane’s close-range shot in the 13th minute.

Eric Maxim Chupa-Moting doubled the home side’s lead after he shook Mathias Ginter and fired a low shot into the far post for his first league goal of the season. Bayern continued their dominance after the break when Gnabry hit the post before Sane curled a superb left-footed shot past Flecken from the edge of the box.

Leroy Sane scores Bayern Munich’s third goal from 20 yards. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Sadio Mane made it four with a clinical chip in the 55th minute and Marcel Sabizzer completed the rout with 10 minutes remaining. Cologne moved up to seventh in the standings after fighting back to win Augsburg 3-2 at home, Steffen Thieges struck twice in the second half.

LyonThe unbeaten run now stretches to six matches after they suffered a 3-2 defeat at Ren in Laurent Blanc’s first game. Martin Thierry scored twice with a header for Rennes, while Alexandre Lacazette’s second-half equalizer proved futile Lyon dropped to 10th place in the table.

Monaco they drew 1-1 at home Clermont after Mohamed Kamara was sent off early on for the hosts. Brill Embala scored from the rebound after a penalty was saved to put Monaco ahead in the first half, but Komnen Andric earned a point for the visitors.

They attacked returned to the top of Serie A with a 3-2 home win Bologna thanks to a late goal by Viktor Osikhen. The visitors took the lead through Joshua Zirkzy in the 41st minute, only for Juan Jesus to equalize just before the break.

Hirving Lozano gave They attacked took the lead soon after the restart but Alex Merrett let Musa Barrow’s shot go past him to equalize for Bologna. Osimhen came off the bench to score the winning goal in the 69th when he received a through ball from Hvic Kvaratchelii and elegantly slotted it past goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski.

Milan moved up to third place, a point behind Napoli and Atalanta, after Sandro Tanali’s late goal earned a hard-fought 2-1 win at Verona in the late beginning. The visitors took the lead in the 9th minute when Verona’s Miguel Veloso turned Rafael Leao’s cross into his own net.

Olivier Giroud missed a chance to double Milan’s lead two minutes later, firing wide from Brahim Diaz’s cross. Verona deservedly equalized in the 19th minute when Koray Guenther rounded AC Milan defender Matteo Gabbio and slotted past goalkeeper Cipriano Tatarusana.

Adjdin Hrustic shot into the home team’s goal, who scored in the 56th minute through Roberto Piccoli. At the other end, Ante Rebic was denied by Lorenzo Montippo when he was one-on-one, but the Croatian forward made amends with a perfect cross at Tonali to seal the win in the 81st minute.

Sandra Tanali celebrates in front of the away fans after scoring the winner
Sandra Tanali celebrates in front of the away fans after scoring the winner against AC Milan in Verona. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Lazio and Udinese stay together, three points adrift of the leading duo and two adrift of Milan after a 0-0 draw at the Stadio Olimpico. Maurizio Sarri expressed concern about the state of the pitch when Ciro Immobile came off the pitch in the first half with a muscle problem.

“I’m a coach who wants his teams to make 700 foot passes every game,” the Lazio head coach said afterwards. “I’m not suitable for this type of ground, so if it stays like this the club should think about someone else.”

At the beginning of the game, International won 2-0 Salernitana at the San Siro. Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring in the 14th minute, his powerful shot rebounding before beating goalkeeper Luigi Sepe. Nicolo Borella made it three points just before the hour mark, controlling the area neatly before firing over.

Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3:1 in Sunday’s top La Liga game, but elsewhere, the battle for a top-four spot is heating up. Real Sociedad briefly rose to fourth place with a 2-1 win at Celta VigoIhar Zubeldia goes home as a winner, earlier Betis overtook them 3-1 Almeria. William Carvalho scored twice for Manuel Pellegrini’s side as they moved within three points of Barca.


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